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The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!

The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!
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United States

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The American English Pronunciation podcasts teaches non-native English speakers and ESL/ELL students correct English pronunciation in short lessons. Learn, listen, repeat!

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English


Episodes

116: Using 'ain't'

9/14/2010
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When is--and when isn'--'ain't' appropriate? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:10:18

115: Sound combinations: sp-, st-, sk-, sc-

8/31/2010
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What happens to unvoiced stops after the s sound? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:08:23

114: 'Puff' (aspiration) details of stop sounds

8/17/2010
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Stops are /b/, /p/, /k/, /g/, /d/, nd /t/, and the amount of "puff" we give to them matters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:08:04

113: The /h/, like a chameleon

8/3/2010
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No sound can become more like surrounding sounds than the h sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:17

112: Dropping the /d/

7/20/2010
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Here is a little-discussed rule about omitting the d sound in certain consonant clusters. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:09:22

111: Linking /v/ and /f/

7/6/2010
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Practicing a few simple techniques can make it much easier to transition to and from the v sound and f sound. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:07:49

110: Troublesome /v/ and /f/

6/22/2010
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Be careful with the /b/, /p/ and /w/ when working with the /f/ and /v/. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:12:17

109: /s/, /z/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/ (s, z, sh, and zh sounds) compare and contrast

6/8/2010
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Four sounds that are quite similar, but different in a few very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:15:47

108: In the US, it is 'learned' and 'spelled,' while the British kept 'learnt' and 'spelt'

6/1/2010
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The English past tense became regular; the British kept the irregular spelling. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:08:33

107: 'ck' after short vowels (as in back), 'k' after all the others (as in 'bake)

5/25/2010
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Learning intricate English phonetic patterns can give you confidence in vowel pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:16

106: 'long u' stressed and reduced; /yu/ or /yə/?

5/18/2010
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The long u can be difficult to recognize in multi-syllable words, especially when it's reduced. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:11:29

105: Pronouncing 'though,' 'thought,' 'through,' and 'thorough'

5/11/2010
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These four o-u-g-h words can be so similar, yet different in very important ways. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:22

104: Pronouncing 'pronounce' and 'pronunciation'

5/4/2010
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Many patterns of pronunciation can be found through a quick study of these two words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:57

102: Russian/Ukrainian Special Episode

4/20/2010
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Learn the most common difficulties Russian and Ukrainian speakers face when speaking English with an American English accent. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:32:00

101: Subtle oddities of the word 'subtle'

4/13/2010
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A silent /b/, an altered /t/, and a strange history make the word 'subtle' interesting to learn about! Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:42

100: A Hundred/One Hundred

4/6/2010
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Why is saying 'a hundred' more common than saying 'one hundred' in American English? Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:09:14

99: Three-word informal contractions

3/30/2010
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'How did you' can be reduced to 'howdja;' 'where did you' to 'wheredja;' and 'what did you' to 'whadja,' but those reductions can cost listener comprehension. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:23

97: The transition from 'used to' to 'useta'

3/16/2010
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Informal contractions are born when speakers find easier ways to pronounce words. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:06:25

96: How 'women' could have been 'wimmen'

3/9/2010
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Noah Webster did his best to make spelling easier, but his ideas weren't always accepted. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:04:52

94: /t/+/y/=/ʧ/, /d/+/y/=/ʤ/, surprising 'ch' and 'j' sounds.

2/23/2010
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Assimilation: two adjacent sounds can cause changes to pronunciation. Full episode transcripts at www.pronuncian.com/podcast.

Duration:00:08:18